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Doncaster chosen as home of National High Speed Rail College

Doncaster is to become the home of the new National High Speed Rail College.

Doncaster chosen as home of National High Speed Rail College

The college, as well as a similar centre in Birmingham, will train thousands of new engineers, who are needed to deliver billions of pounds worth of rail contracts over the coming decades, including the new HS2 high speed rail line.

Doncaster’s fast paced rail and engineering renaissance has stepped up a gear this year with over 10,000 people employed in the sector and firms having order books in excess of £1.7billion over the next five years. There is also strong interest from companies looking to locate to one of Britain’s most important railway centres.

I am delighted that our hard work to bring the new National High Speed Rail College to Doncaster has been a success and I would like to thank everyone who has been part of our bid, or supported it. Doncaster has always led the way in terms of cutting edge rail engineering and this decision confirms our position as the home of rail. It’s a great day for Doncaster. It will offer local people, including our school leavers, the chance to gain high level engineering skills leading to well-paid jobs that are in high demand.

– Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster


Chuckle Brothers get in the groove with Tinchy Stryder

Calendar's favourite children’s duo, The Chuckle Brothers, have been 'getting down with the kids' and playing around in the recording studio with the grime artist Tinchy Stryder.

This is how you do it boys
Is this OK Tinchy?

It's led to speculation there could be a Christmas single in the offing from the unlikely collaborators.


James Herriot actor to return for statue unveiling

The actor Christopher Timothy, who played the Yorkshire vet James Herriot, will attend the unveiling of the James Herriot Statue next month.

The popular vet is returning Credit: World of James Herriot

The World of James Herriot will be unveiling the statue in the James Herriot Hall, followed by a black tie dinner at Thirsk Racecourse on October 4th . Mr Timothy will be accompanied by family members of Alf Wight, the author of the books about the life of a country vet which inspired two films and the long-running and immensly popular TV series "All Creatures Great and Small."

Former Birmingham City goalkeeper Jim Herriot, whose name, in 1969, Mr Wight chose as his pseudonym, is attending together with Sean Hedges-Finn, the sculptor of the Statue and Gary Verity, CEO of Welcome to Yorkshire.

The James Herriot Statue and Legacy Fund has been developed as a tribute to Alf Wight, and its aims to provide bursaries for people wishing to embark on a career concerning the welfare of animals, and for whom the James Herriot stories may have been an inspiration.

York is top university in North

York has been named the top university in Yorkshire according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015.

The University of Leeds is ranked second with the University of Sheffield is ranked third in the county.

  • 1. University of York
  • 2. University of Leeds
  • 3. University of Sheffield
  • 4. University of Hull
  • 5. Sheffield Hallam University
  • 6. University of Bradford
  • 7. University of Huddersfield
  • 8. York St John University
  • 9. Leeds Trinity University
  • 10. Leeds Metropolitan University

Disability charity celebrates year working in prison

A charity that helps people with hidden disabilities is celebrating its first anniversary of working with inmates at a Doncaster prison.

HMP Doncaster Credit: ITV Calendar

The Cascade Foundation help people with hidden disabilities such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and people who have suffered head injuries and has been working at HMP Doncaster, Marshgate.

Today they are holding a year anniversary event to mark the milestone occasion.

Jackie Hewitt-Main, founder and project director of The Cascade Foundation, is currently leading the work in Doncaster Prison.

The charity says that over the past nine years, Jackie has helped hundreds of prisoners across the country with learning difficulties to learn to read and write, gain qualifications and make a new start.

In her previous prison project, Jackie worked with over 400 prisoners and reduced the offending rate of her first project groups to 5.9 per cent compared to more than 70 per cent nationally.

Within the six years since their release three of these prisoners had served more than 40 sentences each, and yet none of them has re-offended since their release from her project.

– The Cascade Foundation
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